Juvenile Crime Defense
Juvenile criminal offenses involve individuals that are under the age of eighteen (18) years. In the juvenile court system, youthful offenders are subject to the same criminal charges as an adult may face, but may be subject to milder penalties on account of their age.
If the evidence of the crime is serious enough, the State Prosecutor may seek to have the accused juvenile tried and sentenced as an adult.
When a juvenile is accused of committing a crime, we aggressively work toward a favorable resolution which may provide the juvenile the opportunity to learn from their mistake so they are able to work toward leading a productive life as a contributing member of society.
We advise clients in areas ranging from delinquency/criminal to dependency/DCF cases, including:
- Detention Hearings;
- Trials in Juvenile Court or as an Adult;
- Probation Violations;
- Sentencing Staffing;
- Juvenile Programs;
- Shelter Hearings;
- Termination of Parental Rights.
Juvenile crimes often include, but are not limited to:
- Assault and battery;
- Auto Theft;
- Prostitution and solicitation;
- Driving with a suspended license;
- Curfew violation;
- Fake ID/False Identification;
- Underage alcohol consumption;
- Gang-related activities;
- Property crimes;
As your son or daughter’s legal counsel, we will thoroughly review the evidence against him or her, witness statements, police reports, and any other relevant factors, such as the circumstances of your child’s arrest and the actions of law enforcement officers. If there are areas to provide reasonable doubt, our goal is to find and present them to the prosecutor, judge and/or jury.
If your son or daughter has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense and is to be tried as a juvenile or as an adult, seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Peter A. Shapiro & Jonathan D. Wilson, you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the rights of juveniles charged with a criminal offense throughout the Central Florida area and its surrounding counties.
Call 407.420.1044 to discuss your child’s legal rights, options, and potential juvenile crime defense strategies. You may also contact us by filling out our online case evaluation form.